(The Guardian) -- Anti-choice activists began planning their next political moves on Tuesday, after a video was released of a Planned Parenthood Federation of America staffer discussing fetal tissue donation with someone claiming to represent a medical company. The people behind the secretly taped encounter claim that the video proves Planned Parenthood sells fetal body parts, which is illegal. And the nonchalance with which Dr Deborah Nucatola, Senior Director of Medical Services for the organization, discusses the details of abortion procedures has added fuel to the fire.
In response, Republicans have denounced Planned Parenthood and Louisiana governor and presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal called for a criminal investigation into the organization.
The truth of the video, however – which was released by a previously unheard-of organization led by a man who has described himself as an “amateur varanid keeper” – is that it shows nothing illegal. It does demonstrate, however, that the pro-choice movement’s understandable hesitance to discuss the details of abortion procedures is a weapon easily wielded against them.
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